This is a very small station with a single platform. The original small timber building has been replaced with a concrete equivalent. The platform is on the south side of the line. From the platform there is rather a fine view of Loch Carron and the beach. There is no car park but there is space for a car or two to park in a layby by the station.
The station opened around 1875 as a private halt for Attadale House, once the home of the Mathesons of Jardine Matheson fame. It became a public station in 1878.
Historically there was a siding at the east end of the platform, served from the east and with a short headshunt. There was a signal box here, at the east end of the waiting room, from 1893, removed at some point. The siding was closed to goods in 1966 but not removed until 1979. The platform is on the south side of the line.
Attadale was proposed as a possible terminus of the line with a pier and large station with waiting and refreshment rooms. Fortunately this unsuitable location for a pier was not used (it would have needed considerable dredging or a very long pier) and the line was extended west to Stromeferry.
Until the building of the Stromeferry Bypass this was the end of the dirt road from Carron, with only the railway continuing on to the south west. The Avalanche Shelter to the south west dates from the extension of the road and its alterations to the established route of the railway.
Kyle of Lochalsh
| Avalanche Shelter|
Strome Ferry Shed
Loch Kishorn Fabrication Yard
North Strome Pier
South Strome Pier
Stromeferry Station Hotel
Balnacra Level Crossing
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|02/05/1868||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Deviation authorised; Kyle of Lochalsh to Attadale not to be built. Attadale to have a terminus and pier. Engineer; Joseph Mitchell & Company. Contractors; J & A Granger (Dingwall to Achanalt), A and K Macdonald (Achanalt to Attadale) and Donald McGregor & Company (Attadale Pier).
|/ /1869||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Terminus plans altered from Attadale to Strome Ferry around this time.
|/ /1873||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Attadale Platform opened
|01/03/1878||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Siding opened at Attadale.
|15/08/1966||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Attadale closed to goods.
|/ /1979||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Ground frame and siding removed at Attadale.
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